Clinical Research nurse job

  1. I just interviewed for a clinical research nurse position with a doctor's office. I feel the interview went pretty good and am hoping for a call back. I have a few questions. What salary is expected? I live in Nj and do not have any research experience. Also I am a new grad with about 8 months of homecare experience. This position also has an assistant who does all of the paperwork side of it I am told. What does this mean? Also what should I expect with a position like this? Is there room to grow and if so how?
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  3. by   Rob72
    Obviously, NJ is going to be quite a bit different than OK, but with the following info in mind...

    In OK, a 2,200 sq ft split level brick home, 3br, 1.5 bth, 2 car garage, on just under 1 acre, in the city, is assessed at $140K, with property taxes being about 10%/year, and gas running $2.99-3.07/gallon, research nurses starting range is $35-45K/annum, more possible with experience. It does depend on who you work for, is it overhead salary or grant-dependant or hourly, etc..

    I would expect you to be doing pt. assessments, basic nursing tasks (IVs, blood draws, rating scales) and documentation. The RA (Research Assistant) will be doing paperwork related to maintaining the study- filings with the IRB, invoicing(possibly), maybe even filling out the majority of the CRFs (Case Report Forms). The CRFs are the "official" study documents, which will carry over your VS, lab documentation and assessment info.

    Advancement depends on what you want to do/learn. If you learn the documentation (IRB processes, negotiating budgets with the sponsors, etc..), if you have your BSN, and if you obtain professional certification ( through SOCRA or whatever the other group is) after 2 years on the job, you may be able to apply to a research office (group running studies for a variety of sponsors and physcians), or to a pharmaceutical/med device company as a Monitor and eventually a Project Manager. If you do well, are willing to travel, and choose your employer(s) wisely, it is possible to make a comfortable 6 figures. Certainly, not many do quite that well, but it is possible.

    We had a monitor, for a few years, who wore Gucci suits and rented the "current" Beemer to scoot around Oklahoma City, on his monthly visits. Single, ambitious, so able to do what he wanted, in addition to being smart with his money. Even more disgusting, he was a genuinely nice guy...

    I will say, be veeeerrry careful. They should offer you GCP (Good Clinical Practice) and HRPP (Human Research Participant Protection) training of some kind. Our site uses CITI ( ) for a base. You must be aware of the practice standards in research. Cutting corners (that includes not keeping up with paperwork) can result in being barred from practice in research, and ugly fines- then you may hear from the BON. Most docs are good, decent people, but those who try to runs studies as a profit base get people in trouble.
    Last edit by Rob72 on Nov 16, '11
  4. by   mel101478
    Thanks for the response. I did get the job and have accepted it. They will have someone coming in to train me who does this type of work. There is also a staff person who does the non-nursing paperwork and I am told she knows the rules, laws, and regulations that need to be followed. They already had me take some type of certification online so I assume they are going to have me do other training as well. They seem to be very reputable. I have spoken to friends and family who have dealth with this company and also I did my "homework" and checked out websites to be sure they were in good standing. I just hope I'm not getting in over my head!
  5. by   Rob72
    I doubt it! Like any other specialty field, the general expectation is that it will be about a year before you have a reasonable idea of which side is "up", and about 2 before you function fully independantly. Good luck!